To celebrate LGBT History Month, we've created a presentation of our recent audio-visual project with the Mind Yourself LGBT Group: Click here.

We'll regularly update the page with more content over the course of the month.

LBGTQTS (aka LBGT Quality Time Spent)

By Clare
Story

Working with the Irish LBGT group makes me feel closer to my community. We can be very quiet, the Irish. Private. We seem to have an ability to just grind our teeth and get on with it individually while at the same time caring for each other in an unspoken way. Caring but distant.

From Drogheda to Hammersmith

Anonymous
Story

I left Drogheda for the last time in 1993 and came here to London 'for six months'. How many times I have heard that sentence since then!

Fr Bernárd Lynch's Story

By Rob Costello
Story

I was sent to New York initially to do post-graduate studies in Theology and Psychology. I did a doctorate at Fordham University and New York Theological Seminary. I worked there for over twenty years and I got very involved in the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transsexual liberation movement. Primarily, that happened, or it collapsed into the AIDS pandemic in 1981 where AIDS was first “officially” diagnosed in New York and San Francisco amongst the gay community. It was known as GRID, Gay Related Immune Deficiency. I became chaplain or theological advisor to people who were dying of AIDS.

All Ireland Final 1962

Anonymous
Story

This is my favourite story from Ireland. Its a photo of the 1962 All Ireland Football final. My two uncles, Don and Des, played for Roscommon, bringing the team to the All Ireland Finals for the first time in the club's history.

From the Farewell State to the Welfare State

By Maurice O'Neill
Story

Dublin-born and bred, and having had several dead-end jobs by the age of 21, I made up my mind in 1960 that I would emigrate and, with no real qualifications, I felt  the whole world was out there for me, with the US and Australia at the top of my list.

Starflight

By Justin
Story

Mum is running again - not for the first time or the last. At 5 I'm too young to understand but I know something is up- there are secrets in the air.

Holyhead to Euston

By anon anon
Story

Cigarette smoke curls around...

The London Whirl

By Laura Rooney
Story

The London Whirl. Overwhelmed, financial pressures, no house, culture differences, lost. In the loop, adventure time, so many opportunities, feel a part of something bigger, a city of many cultures, embracing individualism, winning on the Tube, try to conquer London.

Doing the Double

By David
Story

Arrived in London from Limerick at 18 years of age, joined the boys from home in a squat at Kings Cross. Next day walked across the street and got a start digging a hole by hand with a guy who came over in the 70's.

Notes from Around Ireland...

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Event

At the Mind Yourself Living Room, we've had a map up on the wall where people can spontaneously add 'something' of their story, without giving too much away, and place it in the area of their choice.

Mental Health in the Irish Community

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Event

Mind Yourself organised a public conversation that brought Irish people from across London together to discuss mental health in the Irish community.

Tea 'n' Chat Sessions

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In Summer 2013 we started what has come to be known fondly as the 'Tea n Chat Sessions'. Volunteers have come together, one-to-one with members of the community over many evenings and many bottomless cups of tea in other to share and record their story of journey to London.

Pádraig ag Canadh

By Pádraig
Story

Pádraig, who moved to London in 1955, shares a song. [2013]

An Incidental Arrival // Part 2

By Ciara
Story

Ciara recalls her warm welcome to the city and is joined by Éabhall and Bairbre, two other young migrants as they consider all London has to offer. Part 2/2. [2013]

An Incidental Arrival // Part 1

By Ciara
Story

A new, young migrant talks about her journey from Dublin to London via Beirut. She speaks of moments she misses with loved ones and the pressure she felt to make things work having left for greener pastures. Part 1/2. [2013]

A Father's Story // Part 2

By Diane
Story

  ‘I always felt he was a fish out of water...’

A Father's Story // Part 1

By Diane
Story

‘..in those days not everybody liked the Irish or wanted the Irish…’ Diane shares the story of her father’s journey in the early 1950s from the small rural town of Clonakilty to the streets of Hammersmith. Part 1/2. [2013]

Untitled

Anonymous
Story

I was five when my family swapped South Dublin for South London in the late 1980’s. I became an emigrant and an immigrant in the space of one day.

26 Years Later

Anonymous
Story

My first impressions of London were of the pace, the diverse population and the noise, especially the noise. Moving to central London, I was, of course, conscious of the top notes of traffic, sirens and human voices.

To London with a Secret in my Bag

Anonymous
Story

In 1987 I moved  to London after being made redundant in Ireland, I remember my Dad was very upset and offered to give me extra money to stay, however my mind was made up and anyway my Dad could not afford to do this and I was not prepared to take it from him.

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